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Painting: Painting with Acrylic
Discuss Acrylic painting techniques.
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flesh paint test; 1/35 head, comments welcome
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West-Vlaaderen, Belgium
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Posted: Monday, June 07, 2010 - 02:13 AM UTC
Hi everyone,

I've recently managed to complete a head using acrylics (valejo) and since you guys are the experts, i would like to ask your opinion - and welcome pointers to make the face look more alive and dramatic.

I've used the following valejo paints: 843 "cork brown" as base colour, the highlight was a mixture of the base and 815 "basic skintone" en the shadows are base colour mixed with 814 "burnt cadmium red". The eyes were painted first with 855 "black glaze" and an added speck of 966 "turquoise".

I realise that this is normally the starting point for "pro" figure painters, hence my question for pointers. I didn't add the 5 o' clock shadow yet, I think i'll tamper a bit with that tonight and post an update.

this face was one of the test heads i had laying around, not really for a figure of any kind. the mouth looks a bit odd on the picture, because there's supposed to be a cigarette in the left hand corner (didn't add one).

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Warszawa, Poland
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Posted: Monday, June 07, 2010 - 06:26 AM UTC
For me looks very good. You achieved very natural appearance so in my opinion there's no need for any corrections.
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Monday, June 07, 2010 - 04:29 PM UTC
Nice work Steven. I use oils but yours turned out great for the type of paint you used
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California, United States
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Posted: Monday, June 07, 2010 - 05:56 PM UTC
Very nice job. Congrats!
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Ankara, Turkey / Türkçe
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Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 06:44 AM UTC
Steve, good job. I lıke your fleshtone.
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 09:47 AM UTC
Terrific Job. I usually paint my faces in oils so I can't do much as far as tips, but these are excellent. By way of nitpicking I would suggest that the "tongue" and inside of the mouth be darkened a bit. Right now it looks as if he's sticking his tongue out at me-- or maybe I'm just paranoid. And yes, some 5' o'clock shadow might do nicely. But again, fantastic job as is. Thanks for providing the colors. I might have to try my hand at painting faces with acrylics after seeing this.
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 09:51 AM UTC
He looks pretty darned good to me.
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England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 07:33 PM UTC

Nothing wrong with that, nice job.

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Gerona, Spain / España
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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 03:14 AM UTC
Steven excellent job! Now the other two.